Contemporary Romance

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Kip's Monster

To misquote Renée Zellweger in the movie Jerry Maguire: You had me at custard creams! Harper Fox knows just how to set a scene, a time and a location with a few carefully chosen words. Rather than a storyteller, she is a story-weaver, plucking words like threads, from childhood, mixed with tee ...

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The Last

Tawna Fenske’s The Last opens with a great scene. Sarah Keating is celebrating her thirtieth birthday at home with a few of her closest friends, all of them in comfy pajamas. It’s the kind of party I could imagine clearly and wouldn’t have minded stepping into at all. Sarah is single while ...

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A New Leash on Love

Y’all, category romances are such a crapshoot, aren’t they? Even with the guidelines that Harlequin gives us for each of their particular imprints, the themes and styles vary widely. This can lead to incredible discoveries and excitement - I discovered Sarah Mayberry and Jill Shalvis in categori ...

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Breaking the Billionaire's Rules

I’m just going to be honest with you folks.  If you’re looking for a story that puts you through the wringer emotionally, this isn’t it.  Breaking the Billionaire’s Rules is a lighthearted, mostly average romantic comedy with a few laugh-out-loud moments, some hot and sexy scenes (not near ...

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I Owe You One

Fixie Farr has been fixing things her whole life - like crooked pictures on walls, vases out of place, and the like. It’s a borderline compulsion that lands her in all sorts of mischief and about which her family has no understanding or compassion. She’s been harboring a crush on a dude for an a ...

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Block Shot

Narrated by Teddy Hamilton and Seraphina Valentine Kennedy Ryan was a new-to-me author when I picked up Long Shot, the first book in the Hoops series.  I loved it.  It devastated, surprised and delighted me in equal measure, and it was one of my favorite books in 2018.  I didn’t think the fo ...

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The Matchmaker's List

I was really looking forward to this book with its promise of cross-cultural highs and lows, an exploration of the immigrant experience, and a look at traditional arranged marriages in modern society. Unfortunately, it ultimately failed to live up to its pledge because the heroine quite sank the sto ...

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Blind Date Bet

It's been a while since I've read a romance based on a blind date so when I saw the synopsis for Nicole Flockton's Blind Date Bet, the first story in her Man's Best Friend series,  I was intrigued. It's about a widowed teacher whose dad sets her up on a blind date – and it's a bust. And yet, ther ...

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Good Riddance

Elinor Lipman follows up Then She Found me with a funny  new contemporary romance novel, Good Riddance. Wannabe confectioner and ex-teacher Daphne Maritch’s late mom, high school teacher June Maritch, had a way with her sharp tongue.  And her body wasn’t bad either.  In fact the Pickering ...

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99 Percent Mine

Darcy Barrett has undertaken a global survey of men. She’s travelled the world, and can categorically say that no one measures up to Tom Valeska, whose only flaw is that Darcy’s twin brother Jamie saw him first and claimed him forever as his best friend. Despite Darcy’s best efforts, Tom’s o ...